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Ernest Johnson (1871-1941)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, January 24, 1941

Another Old Yukoner Passes Away At The Whitehorse Hospital, 1914

    We regret having to report the passing of Mr. Ernest Johnson which took place at the local hospital, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. L. G. Chappell at Christ Church on Monday with several of his oid time friends acting as pallbearers.

    The late Mr. Johnson was brought here recently from Robinson where he had resided for many years. He suffered from the effects of a paralytic stroke and was unconscious all the time he was in the hospital. His passing may therefore be construed as a happy release from his suffering.

    The deceased was of Norwegian origin and spent several years in the U. S. A. before coming north. He arrived here before Whitehorse was on the map, but spent practically all his years prospecting in the Wheaton country where he held several mining claims. He also had the reputation of being both a musician and singer and a good mimic. He was in his seventies at the time of his passing.

    During his many years in the north the late Mr. Johnson made many friends and was held in good repute. His passing is mourned by those who knew him intimately.

    We are informed that during the thirty odd years the late Mr. Johnson spent in the north he never made a trip Outside. [t is understood he has relatives in New York and Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, to whom sinrerest sv¬•mpathy is extended.